noTours at Artropocode 2013
During the last two weeks, Horacio González from noTours team has been participating as a collaborator in Artropocode 2013, sharing noTours experience with the artists in residence and the participants.
As a result of a previous noTours collaboration with Helen Torres in 2011, one of Artropocode’s selected teams, “Emocorporeishon, Hacking de códigos emocionais” by Helen Torres and Lucre Masson, proposed the usage of a soundwalk to construct a non graphic emotional cartography of the event. Helen first soundwalk, “Serendipia”, was a very complex geolocated narrative for the civil cemetery of Ceares that successfully intersected feminism and activism with a classic black novel structure, to create an incredibly deep passage through the cemetery accompanied by its wandering spirits.
In this occasion, Helen and Lucre have decided to use a more unstructured and poetic approach, instead. Using sound recordings from the artists in residence and the participants in order to map the affective interactions occurred during the event, they have created a soundwalk that confronts you with a tangled mixture of voices and ambient sounds that describes how Artropocode was felt. The overlapping of voices and concepts accompanied by the subjective environment induced by the ambient sounds, drives the experience off its documentary aspect pulling the listener to the personal, poetic and relational aspects.
On the other hand we had the unexpected pleasure of meeting David da Paz, a Brazilian artists that mixes performance and locative media using tools like Hipergeo or Psycogeo. During the event we had the chance to exchange experiences and invite him to use noTours for one of his projects, that consisted in a samba dress designed to wear a smart phone and an amplifier, so you can dance and perform while listening to locative pieces of rhythms and music.
David da Paz decided to try out noTours with his incredibly funny smart cloth and asked another artist in residence, the dancer Nuria Sotelo, to perform with it while playing back a small musical noTours soundwalk. Even with a very simple soundwalk, the experience turned out amazingly playful and exciting. Playing back the sound of the walk using speakers instead of headphones radically changed the experience of noTours transforming its very intimate and personal nature into a collective party.